Former skipper Graeme Smith called up to help South Africa

  • AFP, Cape Town
  • Updated: Jan 01, 2016 18:11 IST
A file photo of South Africa's former captain Graeme Smith in action during the second test match against Pakistan in Dubai. (AFP Photo)

Former Proteas captain Graeme Smith has been appointed as the batting advisor for the South African team ahead of the second Test against England which starts at Newlands on Saturday.

“Graeme was a wonderful cricketer for South Africa and a wonderful captain,” said current captain Hashim Amla. Smith will be with the team for the rest of the four-match series.

Amla said Smith’s experience could be important for South Africa’s batsmen, who have managed just three totals of more than 200 in their most recent 10 completed innings.

South Africa will make at least two changes following a crushing 241-run defeat in the first Test in Durban.

Amla announced that Kagiso Rabada will replace the injured Dale Steyn. He also dropped a strong hint that Quinton de Kock would come in as a wicketkeeper and batsman, with AB de Villiers relinquishing the gloves and playing as a specialist batsman.

Amla said De Kock’s inclusion depended on the selectors. But he added: “If Quinny does come in he will take a load off AB and he has also been in very good form with the bat. If he does play, the selectors will have to decide who they will leave out. It will be a tough decision, whether it is Faf (Du Plessis) or JP (Duminy) because these have been integral guys in our team for many years.”

Fast bowler Kyle Abbott will undergo a fitness test ahead of the match after feeling tightness in his left hamstring at the end of the first Test. If Abbott does not play, he will be replaced by either Chris Morris or Hardus Viljoen, who are both uncapped. Viljoen, 26, was called up as cover for Abbott. He took 20 wickets in the first two matches of the current season’s first-class campaign for the Lions franchise.

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